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WWII Veterans Immortalised In Book At National Library Of Australia Canberra
 
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Media Release Tuesday 4th December 2018

WWII VETERANS IMMORTALISED IN BOOK AT NATIONAL LIBRARY OF AUSTRALIA CANBERRA

Two volumes of books featuring 6,500 portraits of Australia’s WWII Veterans was donated (last month) to the National Library of Australia by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP).

The books are the result of an AIPP initiative that spanned two years and involved over 400 photographers committed to capturing Australia’s remaining WWII veterans.

Gold Coast Accredited Professional Photographer Paul Cincotta 43, photographed 56 of the war veterans over an 18 month period.

“I was privileged to visit and photograph veterans up and down the East Coast of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria. There was always tea and biscuits on offer, and the highlight for me was the conversations many of the diggers really wanted to share” Mr Cincotta said.

Mr Cincotta was personally motivated to be involved in the project after his own grand father, A veteran, had recently passed away and missed being photographed as part of the project.

The Reflections books were inspired by Momento Pro’s co-founder Geoff Hunt who approached the AIPP in 2016 with an offer to extend the project's legacy, by preserving the portraits in an archival book.

The Reflections books were a collaborative effort that involved Momento Pro, AIPP, Atkins Pro lab in Adelaide and Starleaton who all donated time, products and services for the project.

The production of the two-books and enclosing box was a mammoth task, involving input from Momento Pro seven staff over a period of four weeks.

To ensure the books’ maximum lifespan, the 550 pages were printed using 10-colour museum-grade inks onto 100% cotton rag, coated in archival spray, then bound in a genuine leather cover. The final box set weighed in at 16 kilograms.

"We were honoured to gift the Reflections books to the National Library of Australia, and it is our greatest wish that the memory of our WWII veterans will live on for centuries through the pages of these books", Mr Hunt said

Dr Marie-Louise Ayres, Director-General of the National Library of Australia said she was honoured to accept the books on behalf of the Australian people.

“Books such as these are such a special form of collection item, allowing previously untold stories to be told or unseen faces to be seen”, Dr Ayres said.

National Coordinator, Louise Bagger from Adelaide, described the books as the "grand finale" of the Reflections Project.

“The books represent first and foremost, recognition of the significant contribution given by those who fought for the cause during WWII”, Ms Bagger said.

Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial said the books were a remarkable gift given to the nation.

“There’s a lot to learn from that generation, and that generation is leaving very quickly”, Dr Nelson said.

Dr Nelson says many of the WWII veterans photographed have since passed but will now be remembered in the pages of the Reflections books.

Australians are free because of the generation from which our WWII veterans come.

ENDS

Media Contact

AIPP Communications Officer Alison Hockings
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E: alisonhockingsmedia@gmail.com

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Reflections Project

Paul Cincotta
Ph: 1300 462 447
E: email@imagism.com.au

On the 25th of April 2015, the AIPP embarked on ‘The Reflections Project - Honouring our WWII Veterans’. The mission was to capture a portrait of every WWII veteran living in Australia and produce a portrait book to be gifted to the Nation.
In the following two years, and with the help of 400 AIPP members, the AIPP photographed just over 6,500 portraits.

AIPP members throughout Australia donated their time and skill to capture as many veterans possible. Included in this collection are the men and women of our Australian, New Zealand and Allied Forces.
On the 17th of August 2017, the entire digital collection was donated to the Australian War Memorial; this collection is proudly displayed in a permanent looping slideshow in their WWII Galleries.

This year is the ‘grand finale’ for our project and at 10am on the 7th of November, two volumes of The Reflections Project Portrait Book was gifted to the Australian National Library in Canberra.
Dr Brendan Nelson, Director of the Australian War Memorial presented the book to the National Library in the presence of some of Australia’s WWII veterans.

AIPP

The AIPP is Australia's leading membership association for the professional photography community The AIPP was established in 1963 with the twin objectives of:
- "Promoting the profession of photography"
- "Enhancing the skill and knowledge of professional photographers"

These two objectives remain as relevant today as they were in the 1960s.
Today we achieve the objectives through our accreditation process, continuing professional development program (CPD), online learning system, national and state-based photography competitions and regular series of events and activities in every state throughout Australia.
We are proud to say that, more than 50 years after our inception, using an AIPP accredited photographer is still the best assurance you can get that your chosen photographer is a professional, skilled in the art of photography.

Momento Pro

Established in 2002, Momento Pro is Australia's first and finest on-demand book service, dedicated to producing premium quality photo books and albums in quantities of one up to 250. They support the photographic industry through sponsorships, events, resources on the business of photography and self publishing, and by hosting the annual Australia & New Zealand Photobook Award series. Find our more at momentopro.com.au.

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2017 RACV Royal Pines Resort Wedding Open Day

In complete contrast to last years RACV Royal Pines Resort Wedding open day where it practically rained all day, this year saw Queensland's hottest day on record.

And just like any other wedding day where I have no control over the weather, the challenge was to continue making striking images, as I would for any of my clients.

BenQ SW2700PT Monitor Review

Following on from my unboxing with the BenQ SW2700PT I am posting my thoughts after a few months of some thorough usage.

In short the BenQ SW2700PT is a no brainer for anyone looking for a great quality Adobe RGB 1998 wide gamut, hardware LUT monitor.

I have been using the BenQ SW2700PT Monitor for a couple of months now and I have been thoroughly impressed.  The build quality is terrific, the hood fit is deliberate and snug and I love the window in the top of the hood for the puck cable.

Having used Eizo monitors that are literally 3 times the price I was skeptical about the color accuracy and the delta E, but the accuracy is there, the gamut is wide enough at 99% and my prints are reproduced identically to what I’m seeing on the screen.

The uniformity across the panel is better than what you would expect from any other average monitor.  I thought it couldn’t be as good as the Eizo's with their uniformity tuning, but in reality it simply hasn’t been an issue.

The on screen display controller is convenient especially in darkened lab environments and sits nicely at the base of the stand, the three display options are customisable, and as I couldn’t find a practical use for the Black and White mode, I chose calibrated, sRGB and Warm sRGB to minimise fatigue whilst reading.

The sd card slot on the left hand side has been redundant for me as it’s tucked in next to another monitor on my desk and is a little tricky for me to access so I have stuck with my USB card reader which also has CF card capacity, but it would be awesome if Benq could integrate the card reader into the OSD controller.

The Palette Master Element software is a lite version adapted for the monitor, but it works, and as a bonus has provided a new lease of life on my i1 Pro Spectrophotometer that i1 inconveniently bricked with their own software a couple of operating systems ago.

For the same price as the significantly more expensive Eizo monitor in the same size, I can buy three Benq SW2700PT’s, so it’s a no brainer if you want accurate colour and print your work.

The Shine On Project - The Lake Cabarita Wedding Expo

Last weekend I had the pleasure of working with some very generous people in support of Lyme disease at The Lake Cabarita, on the New South Wales, Tweed Coast. The Shine On Project had put together a community wedding expo for the benefit of a some local ladies suffering form this illness.

It was a great opportunity to showcase some of the Gold Coast, Byron Bay and Tweed Coast wedding suppliers in a relaxed atmosphere whilst raising money for charity, and of course have a little fun down at Cabarita beach with 5 amazing models in the late afternoon light.

A special thank you to to Lisa and Celeste from The Shine On Project for making it all happen and to all the suppliers on the day:
The Lake Cabarita  @the_lake_cabarita @jenny_zwemer_paleo_chef
Circle of Love Circle Of Love – Tweed Coast And Byron Bay @circleofloveweddings
Goddess Makeup & Design  @goddess_makeupdesign
Lola’s Wildflowers  @lolaswildflowers
Table Jewels  @tablejewelsweddingstylists
Mallee Bull  @malleebull_au
I Am Holistic Health & Fitness  @iam_holistic_health_fitness
Wicked Makeup  @stephens.jaclyn
Kool Kombi Bug 
Michell’e brant  @best_celebrant_goldcoast
Yours Truly Lingerie  @yourstruly_lingerie
Pollen & Bee @pollen_and_bee
Sea and Stone Designs  @seaandstonedesigns
Holly Rose Couture  @hollyrosecouture
Deliciously Decadent Cakes  @deliciouslydecadent
Gold Coast DJ Entertainment  @goldcoastdjentertainment
On Kliff – Mode Voyage  @OnKliff

Yonatan & Deniz's Airlie Beach Destination Wedding

For most couples it is a "dream come true" to simply be surrounded by your closest family and friends on your wedding day. 

For Yono & Deniz, not only were they surrounded by their closest family and friends, they also had a vision of celebrating their nuptials on Central Queensland's Whitsunday Coast at Airlie Beach's Coral Sea Resort.

The tropical sea breezes coming off the turquoise Coral Sea kept everybody cool, until Deniz our stunning bride made her entrance down the isle, heating up all emotions in Yonatan.

Thank you Yonatan & Deniz for choosing us to be part of your dream come true, you were an absolute pleasure to photograph.


Ceremony Location: Coral Sea Resort

Wedding Planner: Sharon Gregory

Celebrant: Paul Skinner

Hairdresser: Whitsundays Wedding Hair Lounge

Make Up Artist: Joanne Dromgold Make-Up

Stylists: The Event Company Whitsundays

Photo Location: Airlie Beach, Queensland

Photography: Paul Cincotta

Video: Blue turtle Video

Reception Venue: Coral Sea Resort


Nick & Stevie's Kingscliff, Cabarita Beach Wedding

Wind, rain and a roaring Pacific ocean may have moved Nick and Stevie’s wedding ceremony off the kingscliff foreshore, but what ensued was the perfect blend of a relaxed and intimate wedding surrounded by family and friends.

 Complete with bar access Kingscliff’s Babalou was the perfect plan B for the comfort of Nick and Stevie’s guests, as the weather was never going to put a dampener on this party.

And like water off a ducks back, Stevie and Nick chose to shun the weather’s trying elements at Cabarita Beach. So of course they were then rewarded with some amazing photographs.

 I caught myself grinning constantly throughout the editing process, with the exception of a couple of moments where the images actually moved me to tears each time I saw them.

Nick and Stevie, Congratulations on your amazing wedding celebration, it was an absolute pleasure to be part of your day.

 

Accommodation: Paradiso Resort

Ceremony Location: Kingscliff NSW Babalou Weddings and Events

Celebrant: Clara Luxford http://www.findacelebrant.com.au/

Hairdresser: Kisha O'Callaghan BeechTree Bride Mobile Wedding Hair

Limosine: ourlimousines.com.au

Photo Location: Cabarita Beach, Bogangar NSW

Photography: Paul Cincotta imagism Photography

Reception Venue: Kingscliff NSW Babalou Weddings and Events

Wedding Reception Entertainment: Captain WOW

Gold Coast Wedding - Omed & Modj's Persian/Afghan Islamic Garden Wedding

It was a magic winters day on the Sunny Gold Coast for the wedding celebration of Omed & Modj.

Their islamic garden wedding ceremony by the lake in the park lands of the RACV Royal Pines Resort was followed by a night of dancing and festivities.

And oh my did they dance!

Congratulations Omed & Modj it was a pleasure being part of your wedding. 

Ceremony and Reception: RACV Royal Pines Resort

DJ & Lighting: Ace DJ Hire

Flowers & Chairs & Theming: Wishes Events

Belly Dancer: Sheherazade Gold Coast Bellydance Academy